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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 24, 2008 7:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Best and the Worst of the Grateful Dead


You don't have to play the whole song. Just play 2-3 minutes of the lovely, fluid jamming you hear in versions from 1973 (when it first showed up live)...use the 11/11/73 version from the forthcoming Winterland '73 boxed set, if you it up to and including his singing the opening verse, showcasing how sweet and strong his vocals were...

then play the 1977 version from 10/29/77 to reveal how the song still flourished, and he still sang with gusto....

then choose nearly any version from 1980 on to show how speeded up and sloppy the song became in comparison, how the vocals were quite weaker and the song was sung with less passion and care...

...then finish full circle with the recovery by using the 3/29/90 version found on "Without a Net", playing with Branford Marsalis--a complete rejuvenation and re-invention of the song and his commitment to it.

I think the progression of EYES in the time frame you're using fits perfectly with your thesis.